Helen McCrory tells Des Sampson how the new season of Peaky Blinders flips the script.


After playing the benign, benevolent mum in the recent miniseries, MotherFatherSon, Helen McCrory is back with a bang as the sinister, scheming matriarch, Polly Gray, in Peaky Blinders. It's a change of character and a change of scene that she's clearly relishing.

"It's such a relief to be back, as Polly, especially after playing someone who's just a bit too nice for her own good. All that bloody piety, who needs it?" says McCrory, cackling with laughter as she compares the roles. "It's much more

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